The ultimate New Jersey book lover holiday gift guide


If you’re shopping for a bookworm who loves to spend the winter (and all the rest of the seasons) curled up reading, we’ve got plenty of home grown New Jersey celebrity books to keep them turning the pages.

This year, Bruce Springsteen finally wrote the memoir his fans have been waiting years for, Born to Run. Any New Jersey music lover will love his story about he went from playing shows in Asbury Park to rocking around the world with The E Street Band.


Another great gift for Garden State music fans is the Bon Jovi biography When We Were Beautiful, which also contains must-see photos of the hard rocking band.


For the friend or family member who wants to get a new start on life, health and fitness, give them You First: Journal Your Way to Your Best Life by actress Lea Michele, and let them get inspired (you could also pair it with her memoir, Brunette Ambition).


Your NJ BFF who has now moved on to another state with its own special culture will adore The Southern Education of a Jersey Girl: Adventures in Life and Love in the Heart of Dixie by Jersey Belle star Jaime Primak Sullivan. If your friend can relate to the face that people say “Bruce who?” instead of knowing they mean The Boss, she’ll want to read about Jaime’s adjustment to life south of the Mason Dixon line.


New Jersey born actress Diane Guerrero, who’s our TV best friend from her roles on hits Orange Is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, sheds light on the issue of immigration and her family’s deportation in her memoir, In the Country We Love: My Family Divided, a great gift for anyone who wants to know more about how this issue affects our country.


Diane’s fellow OITNB star Laura Prepon wants to help get readers on the path to healthy eating with her cookbook The Stash Plan, co-authored with Elizabeth Troy, which offers a 21-day plan and makes a wonderful present for anyone looking to slim down in the new year.


For a new high school or college graduate, or anyone who needs a little motivation to live their best life, give them Wake Up Happy: The Dream Big, Win Big Guide to Transforming Your Life by Michael Strahan.


For the new mom you probably don’t get to visit with as often as you used to in her pre-parenthood days, give her Baby Bumps: From Party Girl to Proud Mama, and all the Messy Milestones Along the Way by Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi. The now mom of two dishes about what motherhood is really like for her and your friend, sister, cousin or coworker can sneak in readings between taking care of her own little one.


For the friend who’s still single and looking to settle down, another New Jersey reality TV star gift just might help her from making the same old dating mistakes: The Rules According to Jwoww by Jenni “JWoww” Farley. Her marriage to hubby Roger Mathews is as hot and loving as ever, so she knows what she’s talking about!


Finally, the Real Housewives of New Jersey cast members have some of their own delicious books for those who can’t get enough and are sad that Season 7 is over. From love advice to culinary techniques, these ladies cover it all.

Teresa Giudice is proud of her Italian heritage and cooking, and she shares how to whip up your own feast in Fabulicious!: Teresa’s Italian Family Cookbook.


For the newlywed who wants some insights into what makes a marriage work, give her Love Italian Style: The Secrets of My Hot and Happy Marriage by Melissa Gorga.


And for any woman who know you know who wants some no-nonsense advice on love and life, look no further than Write Your Own Fairy Tale: The New Rules for Dating, Relationships, and Finding Love On Your Terms by relationship expert Siggy Flicker!


For more fun book gift ideas, see our RHONJ fan gift guide!